Pune: On Thursday, cyber crooks embezzled Rs 38 lakh from the bank account of a 61 year old man.
“The fraudsters transferred the amount through eight transactions. However, the complainant only received an SMS alert for the last transaction from his bank, ”said Deputy Inspector AM Shingare of the Wakad police.
Shingare said the complainant – a consultant for a private company – had received an SMS alert stating that Rs 2.14 lakh had been withdrawn from his bank account. “He was surprised because he hasn’t done any transactions in the past few days,” Shingare said.
The man immediately approached his bank and was shocked to learn that Rs38 lakh in total had been transferred from his account. “He has not received any alerts from previous transactions,” Shingare said.
The officer said their preliminary investigation suggested the suspects may have cloned the complainant’s debit card or SIM card. “They may have thus had access to his bank account and password, and made the transfer,” said Shingare.
Shingare said the money was transferred to three different bank accounts. “These bank accounts are in West Bengal. We have registered a case under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Criminal Code and relevant sections of the Information Technology Act, ”Shingare said.